SHOT Show 2010: Safariland introduces new breaching device

Doors open when the WallBanger breaching tool comes knocking

Sandy Wall, a 28-year veteran of the Houston Police Department, has invented a truly innovative new breaching device for SWAT teams to more safely enter doors and windows behind which bad guys are lurking. The crowd around him at the Safariland booth was a telling indicator of the interest his WallBanger device is getting at SHOT 2010.

Constructed of square aluminum tubing that is remarkably lightweight, the WallBanger is basically a device that ties together and maximizes the effectiveness of a series of purpose-built components already in the BAE Systems line of products.

For example, there is the single WallBanger attachment for use with on Defense Technology 8901C1 device, and a double WallBanger attachment when you want to be twice as nice. There’s the OC Blaster attachment that’s ideal for break-and-rake followed by a cloud of gas. Finally, the DoorKey Head enables the team to use the overpressure of a Defense Technology 7001C1 flash-bang to breach a padlocked entryway.

Wall explains, “This was in development for about three years and all began with a utility pole with a series of implements” to meet various entry needs. Clearly, Wall has given this tool a considerable amount of thought and as a consequence found a seamless way to give SWAT operators a host of entry options in the field.

The entire system (which includes additional components not mentioned in this space) sells for a little under $4,500 and is immediately available for police agencies in the United States.

For more info, visit Safariland online.

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Doug Wyllie is Editor at Large for PoliceOne, responsible for providing police training content and expert analysis on a wide range of topics and trends that affect the law enforcement community. An award-winning columnist — he is the 2014 Western Publishing Association "Maggie Award" winner in the category of Best Regularly Featured Digital Edition Column — Doug has authored more than 900 feature articles and tactical tips. Doug is also responsible for planning and recording the PoliceOne Podcast, Policing Matters, as well as being the on-air host for PoliceOne Video interviews. Doug also works closely with the PoliceOne Academy to develop training designed to prepare cops for the fight they face every day on the street.

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